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​Rabbi, Priest to Lecture at Catholic-Jewish Theological Exchange

Rabbi Peter Ochs and Rev. Francis X. Clooney, S.J. will be the featured presenters for Providence College’s spring Theological Exchange Between Catholics and Jews, which will comprise a speaking program open to the public and a colloquium for faculty and students. 

The dialogue-style public lecture, “The Kisses of His Mouth: Reading Scripture, Alone and Together,” will take place on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Ryan Concert Hall of the Smith Center for the Arts. It will be preceded by a reception at 5:45 p.m. with kosher options.

The colloquium, at which faculty, students, and guests will engage the work of the speakers more closely, will be held on Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in Aquinas Hall Lounge.

Rabbi Ochs is the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. His interests include Jewish philosophy and theology, modern and postmodern philosophic theology, pragmatism, and semiotics. He is the co-founder of the Society for Scriptural Reasoning, which promotes dialogue among Christians, Jews, and Muslims through study groups, and the Children of Abraham Institute, which promotes dialogue among the Abrahamic religions.

In his public lecture, he will speak about “God’s Word Between Our Mouths: Reading in Community.”  

Father Clooney is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and a professor of comparative theology at Harvard University. His primary areas of scholarship are theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India and the developing field of comparative theology. He was the first president of the International Society for Hindu-Christian Studies and from 1998-2004 was coordinator of inter-religious dialogue for the Jesuits of the United States.

His topic in the public lecture will be “A New Lectio Divina: Reading Christian and Hindu Texts Together.”

The Theological Exchange Between Catholics and Jews, sponsored by the College’s Department of Theology and the Graduate Program in Theology, began in 2009 as a forum to explore issues affecting Jewish-Christian relations. Each fall, a scholar lectures on campus. In the spring, two experts discuss a topic and present a colloquium for faculty and students.

For more information, contact Mary Garvey in the Department of Theology at 401-865-2274 or email

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